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Is it OK to lie, cheat and steal?



Published: Tue, August 23, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Is it OK to lie, cheat and steal?

Recently an 11-year-old boy shot a hockey puck through a hole to win $50,000. Isn’t that great? Well, let’s look at the facts. Fact 1: He wasn’t the one who was suppose to be doing the shooting. Fact 2: He lied to the person who asked if he was the boy whose name appeared on the chosen card. Fact 3: He was willing to take the money that didn’t belong to him. That makes this 11-year-old a liar, a cheat and a thief.

Before we go any farther, let’s also bring out the good. It bothered the boys that they were trying to get something that didn’t belong to them, and the parents also thought they should not get the prize. They stated they didn’t bring up their children that way. That’s great, but I question the father sending the wrong boy to make the shot in the first place. Did he change his mind after he saw the legal papers he was going to have to make out and the legal ramifications involved if a lie appeared on the papers? Or, did he think it was OK because he thought his son certainly couldn’t make the shot in the first place? I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

The sad part of all this is the fact that most people seem to think he should get the money. That means that most people think it’s OK to lie, cheat and steal. Whatever happened to morals? Lying is wrong, cheating is wrong and stealing is wrong under any circumstances. Period.

Rea Buttermore, Boardman

Beware, the world is getting worse

The letter, “We all have what it takes” has a lot of nice platitudes but doesn’t have anything to do with reality. The world is getting worse and worse, and people just can’t handle the truth.

The scriptures say that one sinner does a lot of harm and we know that all people are sinners and lost in this dark and dying world. The scriptures also tell us that Jesus is the only way, truth and life.

All the religion in the world can’t change people or the world that they live in. Only the true God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent can change the lives of people, but they just don’t believe it.

May God have mercy on America and the world.

Leo Feher, Youngstown


Comments

1jrolley325(800 comments)posted 3 years ago

another fact rea conveniently decided to omit was the person who was supposed to take the shot was his twin brother who had left the game. it's not like he ran up and claimed to be some random joe who he didnt know.

another fact, they were going to donate the prize money to charity anyway.

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2remo(2 comments)posted 3 years ago

To jrolley. I know your not an attorney. Your reasoning borders on stupidity. First of all the brother who left had nothing to do with what happened after he left. His father and brother both lied and that made then both liars and cheats. The boy plainly lied when he said he was his bother. His father had no problem with that lie so he is just as guilty. As for giving the money to any charity, so what. According to you anyone can lie and cheat as long as they give the money away. How about some thief stealing and giving just SOME of the money to charity. Who's going to decide? YOU?

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